Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev seems to have experienced a “Men In Black” (MIB) episode, as explained in the Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of December 15, 2012.
Mr. Medvedev mentioned a “documentary” movie “Men In Black” which may not be the same as the group of supposed “comedy” films of that name.
On April 2, 1990 the Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kansas) carried a report by one Gordon Slovut of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Tribune. In “Professor describes encounter with mysterious ‘man in black'”, the experience of a professor of humanities and folklore at New York’s Juilliard School, Peter Rojcewicz, is recorded.
In 1980, Rojcewicz had been reading a book at the University of Pennsylvania library when he noticed, in his peripheral vision, “a black pants leg and a black shoe, scuffed.”
“Standing in front of him, Rojcewicz said, was a very gaunt, very pale man. He was about 6-1, weighed about 140 pounds and wore a black suit, black shoes, black string tie and a bright white shirt.”
Then followed a bizarre conversation between Rojcewicz and the “Man in Black.”
The “Man in Black” finally advised Rojcewicz to “Go well on your purpose” and departed.
Rojcewicz reportedly ties in the various “Men In Black” episodes with an “extraordinary encounter continuum” which has been going on since at least the time of Moses. In my own book, In Praise of Cotton Mather (2011, published by Lulu.com), one such example of the “Men In Black” continuum is described:
In the Cotton Mather times, a Christian “Indian” (Native American) had been a zealous preacher of the Gospel. One day he was working in the woods when there appeared to him “a Black-Man, of a terrible aspect, and more than humane dimensions.” This “Man in Black” terribly frightened the Christian Indian, yet he dared still to say to the MIB, “I will in spite of you go on to preach Christ more than I ever did.” The brave Christian Indian resisted further temptation insinuated by the “Man In Black” and the MIB departed.
Between his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday, Jesus did not just take a nap. In fact, during these “three days” Jesus performed one of his mightiest deeds. The Harrowing of Hell (Latin Descensus Christi ad Inferos “the descent of Christ into hell”) is a doctrine in Christian theology referenced in the Apostles’ Creed and the Athanasian Creed (Quicumque vult) that states that Jesus Christ “descended into Hell”.
Some unknown persons or persons decided certain Gospels were “apocryphal.” Among these Gospels is the Gospel of Nicodemus. Therein can be found confirmation that Jesus in fact “trampl[ed] upon death, seized the prince of hell, deprived him of all his power, and took our earthly father Adam with him to his glory.” (Gospel of Nicodemus 17: 13)
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 – 1772) basically concurs. In his massive Arcana Coelestia he writes, in part, that the Lord is first called “a man of war,” and also afterward, because when He had thus conquered the hells and had become righteousness, He protects men by His Divine power, and this continually, and especially in the combats of temptations. (Arcana Coelestia, num. 8273)
In the Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of November 7, 2011 these temptation combats are described not as “war” in the vulgar sense, but as “spiritual conflicts. These battles are between the Christ within (the Light) and the powers of darkness (the hells).”
It was in the Harrowing of Hell that Jesus defeated the “Men In Black.” Occasional reappearances of these MIBs denote extreme “temptation combats” for the persons undergoing them.